Notre Dame honors senior football players prior to FSU matchup

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (WNDU) - Senior Night will be the home finale of a so-far perfect season for the Fighting Irish.

"It will be cool to go out there and see my parents at midfield and know that it's the last home game of the season," Chris Finke said.

Emotions are high for more than just the players.

"I don't think it will hit me until after the game," Miles Boykin said. "My mom is going to be crying and emotional, but I can't take those emotions into the game."

Families gathered at midfield before the game to honor each of the seniors -- a moment to honor the men who have dedicated the last four or five years to Notre Dame.

"I know it will be a special night for my family members and self to celebrate my career here at Notre Dame coming to a close," Sam Mustipher said.

"It's crazy to think this is the last time I'll run out there in a gold helmet," Drue Tranquill added. "I'm thankful I had every experience and grateful for another opportunity on Saturday."

Saturday night is an opportunity to think about the legacy the players will leave behind.

"It's not over yet; there are still things I want to accomplish," Boykin remarked. "Make it to the playoffs, win a national championship, but among those being known as someone who has left their heart out every time they step on the field, leaving a legacy that other receivers can look up to when they come here."

Still, the Irish know they need to see through the emotion.

"We're at home, it's our last home game, so it's extremely crucial that we go out there and play good football," Boykin said.

"It's always a big deal to go undefeated at home," Finke added. "You've got your family there, all your friends there, the students there and it's always fun to make them proud and protect your house. No one can come in and take that away from you."